John Gordon Armstrong

Canadian Composer



Élégie was written for my daughter Fiona at the request of John Pohran, to be played with the Canterbury High School Senior Strings. It was rehearsed but never performed – I don’t really know why. It has yet to be performed.

It is a short piece, largely diatonic and, I think, not terribly difficult, although extremely transparent. I wrote it in the way I wish I could write all pieces; I conceived of the climactic moment first and then wrote the rest of the piece leading up to it and then away. It was intended to be a deeply beautiful and spiritual piece. I have included a digital mockup and a score below.

Composed in 2010 for Cello and String Orchestra
Duration: 6 minutes
Student/Very accessible

Elegie (score)